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Topping and Butch Afternoon Tease. (Page 67).
Venue The Underbelly (Venue 61).
Address Cowgate(entrance on Cowgate and Victoria Street).
Reviewer Rowan Smith.
Topping and Butch's afternoon show is most certainly not meant to be
a kids show but they are great fun to watch as they truly enjoy themselves.
They make great comical songs one of which "Never Mind" changes every
day. A lot of the show is about sex but most of it is done with innuendo. They
have a special guest everyday who helps give out the free sherry and shortbread.
I really couldnt stop laughing. At one point Topping dresses up as Butchs
granny and is seriously hilarious.
Translucent Frogs of Quuup (Page 67).
Venue C Too(Venue 4).
Address St Columba's by the Castle, Johnston Terrace.
Reviewer Neil Ingram.
The world of Bernard O'Flannell, known as the "Frogfinder General", is little known these days. But thanks to Chris Larner, a diligent researcher and clever designer of songs and stories, his legacy is now presented nightly at C Too. Chris tells a simple story - boy gets girl, boy and girl go up the Amazon, boy eventually finds frog - and girl finds very friendly natives, with obvious consequences. But the journey is as important as the destination, whether it be frogs or one's own identity.
Our charming couple are Anthony Marigold Bentley, Jonathan Robbins, Bank Clerk Third Class, and Edith Jenkins, Rosalie Craig, a modern young thing with an eye for adventure and rather unpredicatable vocabulary. Their story is narrated by Chris Larner, and accompanied on a very small grand piano by Mark Stevens.
The show bowls along, with spiried acting and some very silly songs. The end is sad, but not too sad, once the actors have resolved their differences. This is a class performances from real professionals.
© Neil Ingram 21 August 2004 - Published on EdinburghGuide.com
Runs to August 30 at 20.45
Company – Cahoots in conjunction with Quuup Productions